Arts and Crafts, Bargains and Bikes: intriguing entertainment in Cape Town
While Cape Town basks in glorious places to see and things to do, including natural wonders and glitzy entertainment – there’s a world of fascination for those who would like to experience an earthier, more local style while getting to meet people and enjoy the vibe of innovative local endeavours and entertainment.
Bree Street – where the locals go
There is no more exciting experience than a visit to Bree Street where you will find the essence of today’s Cape Town culture at its most vibrant. At the very centre of the city, parallel to Loop Street and Long Street, it is a hotbed of bars, boutique restaurants, galleries and shops promoting both unique resident and international designer trends. Here, far from the touristy traps, beats the real heart of Cape Town; vital, authentic, historic and homegrown. Come and enjoy the vibe, meet a cross-match of city professionals, and rub shoulders with the local friendly community.
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This is a unique non-profit venture that celebrates local food, culture and community through urban farming in Cape Town, providing organic produce for local residents. Imagine a neighbourhood farm in the heart of the city! It uses its convenient position to bring people together and educate visitors about the production of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, and other products, free from the harm of chemicals. Volunteers conduct guided tours through the farm, explaining the exciting projects that are underway. This unique initiative is run by locals who seek to uplift communities and care for the environment.
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Slip away out of town and sample the enchanting quirkiness of a peaceful community in the heartland of the Western Cape. Enjoy a short ride in the country to the delightful small town of Darling, and savour the latest Peter-Dirk Uys show. South Africa’s renowned satirist will have you laughing at the absurdities of political life in SA, leaving you with a warm mix of memories of glamour and humour amidst the rustic charm of this sleepy village.
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Here is a unique casual yet creative shopping experience. For both superbly crafted merchandise and good food, you can’t beat a stroll through this vibrant and friendly market which brings you stimulating engagements with traders at all levels of culture and tradition. Sample the wares which range from sophisticated artwork, jewellery and fashion, through to freshly baked bread and a variety of seafood. Experience the diversity of Cape Town up close and personal!
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In the heart of the urban excitement of one of Cape Town’s most popular suburbs, you’ll find a food and lifestyle market that just hums with friendly chatter and the opportunity to sample innovative crafts and fashions. Up to 30 food stalls will satisfy every taste, and you can surely find your favourite ‘dop’ among no less than 4 bars offering a selection of wines, gin, whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Tequila, Aperitifs, and more! Enjoy the superb views of the sea and the palm-lined promenade, or watch the sport of the day on large screens with a host of new friends!
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An idyllic setting overlooking a lake, vineyards and a scenic sweep of beach and sea, this market has to be tops in beauty and entertainment value. Open every Thursday from 4.30 to 8.30pm, it draws locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a top-level selection of food stalls with truly excellent taste sensations such as Peter Geoffe Wood’s Kitchen Cowboys, the Lamb Man, and also delectable vegan choices such as Sunshine Foods vegan burgers and Something Simple’s vegan sushi – all complemented with the Cape Point Vineyard’s own award-winning wines.
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In the very centre of town, every Wednesday and Saturday morning, you will find one the city’s oldest traditions providing unique opportunity to search for extraordinary bargains from a vast array of merchandise, both old and new, with the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain to inspire your purchases! For real entertainment be sure to engage the traders in vociferous bargaining! Search among the bric-a-brac and find old memories, lost treasures, and if you’re lucky, valuable antiques hidden amongst a multitude of choice.
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For those who want to add a bit of dash to the gentle stroll through markets, don’t forget to try out at the bike park open 7 days a week from 8 to 6pm. Designed and built by South African Mountain Bike champion, Chris Nixon, it’s suitable for cyclists of all ages and skill levels – even 3 year-olds on their balance bikes. Bring your own bike or hire a bike – and wind your way around a delightful course of pathways, rock gardens and bridges.
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